Crosswords Accepted at Collaborative Team Meeting

Crosswords Accepted at Collaborative Team Meeting

At a Dec. 16 meeting, the  Collaborative Team decided that the New York Times crosswords and other puzzles distributed by the library would not be discontinued.

At a previous meeting, the notion was raised that students disrupt class by completing the puzzles. Principal John Dodig reiterated that teachers can prohibit anything disruptive in class.

Lisabeth Comm, the English 6-12 coordinator, said that the craze started a few years ago when a student used to create them himself.

James Farnen, assistant principal, chuckled at the idea of a controversy being created over them.

“Crosswords are no different than a chicken parmesan grinder; they need to be enjoyed at the right place and time,” Farnen said.

Conversely, social studies 6-12 coordinator James D’Amico felt that the crosswords should stop being printed.

“They are a waste of paper, and are unnecessary for the Library Media Center to print out,” D’Amico said.

A representative from the New York Times Rights and Permissions department said that the distribution of New York Times crosswords is a legality and a copyright issue.

“The library would need proper licensing to distribute those crosswords to students, as they are in possession of the New York Times,” the representative said.